I am excited to share my closet that I turned into a mudroom with you! It's one of my favorite projects ever. Mostly because it helped me organize my life. Before this project, we had a closet full of hangers. The kids couldn't reach the bar so they never hanged their coats up, seriously, NEVER. They threw their shoes in a basket and their coats on my pretty, decorative bench in the living room. It was not cute.
But then I decided to spend a day or so making this space more functional for our family. This project includes a fun IKEA hack. That bench/shelf if really an IKEA coffee table. I had to rig it a bit to work. As you can see, it fits my closet almost perfectly. The rear table legs rest on top of the floor board. So I cut the legs off one of those Lack side tables (that I happened to have on hand) and added them to the front legs for support.
Now I have an area for wet boots on bottom and a place for school shoes on top. Genius.
You may have noticed that my coffee table/bench wasn't quite wide enough for my closet. No problem. I just had the Home Depot guy cut a piece of pressboard to fit, covered it with on high-density foam from the fabric store, followed by some batting, followed by some super cute and durable fabric.
Remember to take into account that you will be adding batting and fabric to your board and you still want it to fit in your closet, so have the board cut just a little smaller than your space (1/8 inch). That would be so sad it you made it all cute and then it didn't fit :)
Then you just lay it on top of your coffee table and you have yourself a custom-built bench and shelf (wink, wink).
I painted this blue chevron stripe with shaped painting tape. I used two coats of regular paint and then used a clear chalkboard paint that lets you turn anything into a chalkboard!
So now everyone knows exactly where they should hang their stuff. Sometimes you actually do have to spell it out for them!
I used these wall hooks from IKEA. I had to shorten a couple of them to make them all fit, nothing a saw can't handle. I used my beloved miter saw. If you don't feel comfortable making cuts and using power tools yourself, just get some help.
I added some baskets I just happened to have sitting around up on the top shelf for organization. Can I just tell you what a lifesaver this closet/mudroom has been? My living room is so much cleaner (still, never perfect) and my actually have a place to put their stuff.
So, if you're like me, and your house didn't come with one of those fancy 100-square-foot mud rooms... maybe this is the project for you!